Ukraine’s plan to grant second citizenship to all ethnic Ukrainians is the country’s internal affair, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Similarly, in his words, the Russian president’s decision to extend a fast-track citizenship offer to all residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions is Russia’s internal affair.
According to Peskov, the Ukrainian president’s instruction to develop a mechanism to grant second citizenship to all ethnic Ukrainians from friendly countries is "Ukraine’s internal affair." "And the decisions that the President [Vladimir Putin] formalized in his decree are Russia’s domestic affair," Peskov is quoted as saying by TASS.
"You know, there was a large number or requests from these regions [the Donetsk and Lugansk regions] of Ukraine, as well as from residents of the self-proclaimed republics, this matter was raised during [Vladimir Putin’s] recent question and answer session, it was long overdue. This is why President Putin’s decision is quite well-reasoned and understandable," Peskov emphasized.